Grandmaster Truong Nguyen Thuan

Truong Nguyen Thuan8-DAN Black Belt Taekwondo
President of Than-Phong International Martial Arts Federation
Director of Than-Phong Taekwondo Institute
Certified WTF and ITF

  • 1954-1969: Northern Shaolin Kungfu Disciple
  • 1968: Joined the South Viet Nam Air Force, practiced Taekwondo at Than-Phong Martial Arts Academy at Tan-Son-Nhat Air Force Base in Saigon, Viet Nam, with Instructor Duc Phan
  • 1975: Instructor at Guidry’s Taekwondo Academy, San Antonio, Texas
  • 1975-1977: Trained with Grandmaster Hee Ung Lee (President of ATA)
  • 1976-1977: Trained with Master S. Kang in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1976: Member of Than-Phong TKD school in San Antonio, TX, directed by Instructor Lac Van Tran
  • 1977-1981: Established Than-Phong Club in Hayward, California
  • 1977-1989: Founder and President of Than-Phong Martial Arts Association
  • 1981-1983: Director of Than-Phong Martial Arts school in Houston, Texas
  • 1983-1991: Director of Than-Phong Martial Arts schools in San Jose (1983-1989), Santa Clara (1984-1986), and Oakland (1988-1991)
  • Sept 1989: Handed Than-Phong Martial Arts school in San Jose, California, and the role of President of Than-Phong Martial Arts Association to Grandmaster Victor Duc Phan
  • 1989-2009: Vice President of Than-Phong Intercontinental Martial Arts Federation
  • 1993-1997: Director of Than-Phong Taekwondo Academy, Kingwood, Texas
  • 2003-present: Director of Than-Phong Taekwondo Institute, Spring, Texas
  • 2004: ITF International Referee for the World Cup in Orlando, Florida
  • 2005-2009: Texas State Director, USA Martial Arts
  • 2009-present: Elected President of Than-Phong The Planet Martial Arts Federation (when Grandmaster Victor Duc Phan passed away in April 2009) and Than-Phong International Martial Arts Federation
  • 2012: Commissioner, USAT-MAC

Taekwondo Awards and Tournaments

  • March 1976: 1st Place (light weight) at Oklahoma Open Championship, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • March 1977: Grand Champion (Individual) and 1st Place (Team, Hayward Taekwondo Academy Black Belt Team) at the California State Taekwondo competition, San Jose, USTU sanctioned.
  • 2004-2005: Master of the Year, USA Martial Arts
  • July 2004: Inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame
  • 2005: Member of the Coaching Staff of the USA National Martial Arts Team